Kawarau Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
Sweet berry fruits and savory flavors are combined with spicy characters on the palate to produce a rich and elegantly textured wine. It is a powerful, complex style of wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 5 years.
The Wine Advocate - "A simple, tight nose of baked black cherries, wild strawberry and sous-bois that could do with more vigour and lift. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannins, but with good balanced and fine acidity to cut through those chewy black cherry and plum fruits. An ambitious, almost decadent Pinot Noir and it just about pulls it off. Good winemaking at work. Tasted January 2008. Drink 2008-2015."
Kawarau Estate Winery
Kawarau Estate was established in 1992.
The fruit used for all our wines has been organically grown at our Dunstan vineyard north of Lowburn, near Cromwell in Central Otago.
From its inception, the vineyard has been managed according to strict organic principles. Herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilisers are not used.
The vineyard has had full organic certification from Bio-Gro New Zealand since 1996. Kawarau Estate is dedicated to the production of high quality wines.
We keep our yields low to maximise ripeness and fruit flavours and as a result, our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are fruity, refreshing and well balanced. View all Kawarau Estate Wines
About Central OtagoView a map of Central Otago wineries (oh-TAH-go)
The southernmost vineyards of the world lie here in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is inland - nestled right in the middle of the southern island. Its lack of proximity to water creates weather more continental than maritime, leading to big temperature shifts – hot during the day, significantly cooler at night.
Notable FactsThe region's continental climate, paired with the variety of soils found in the area, make Central Otago perfect for growing the finicky Pinot Noir grape. Covering almost 80% of the area planted with vines, Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety, and the wine it creates from the region is receiving rave reviews for its balanced purity and intensity. Some Chardonnay is grown here, but Pinot is king.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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